How Long Do Traditional Braces Take?

How Long Do Traditional Braces Take?
January 18, 2019 wake
Boy with Braces

A patient is usually referred to an Orthodontist for braces when the patient has crooked teeth, incorrect jaw position, and disorders of the jaw joints. The process of getting braces averages between 18-24 months. In some instances, the treatment is much quicker.


Traditional Orthodontic treatment consists of metal braces and wires. The process of braces begins with the Orthodontist installing a spacer to rule out the lips and have a clearer view of the teeth. Firstly, they clean and brush your teeth followed by applying gel on the teeth where are braces will be fixed. The gel allows the braces to position themselves and stick to the surface of the teeth.


The second stage is the installation of braces. A special glue is applied between the tooth and the brace, with each brace corresponding to a particular tooth. Next, the Orthodontist removes excess glue. In order to permanently fix each brace to each tooth, high-intensity blue light is used to harden the glue. The final step of the installation of braces is that rings are put on and are assumed not to move until the end of treatment.


The final step is placing the wire on the braces. It begins with the removal of the spacer which was put in the mouth in the very first step of the process. This allows Orthodontists to see the full teeth. Following, comes the time to put the rings under the lips. When that’s done, the Orthodontist connects a wire connecting all the brace. The wire is placed in the center of each ring and attached with small plastic tree bands, known as ligatures which give color to the braces.


The laying of braces is a very important step. Through this process, teeth will realign properly.

From cleaning the teeth to applying gels to the preparation for the brackets to adding the wires, the whole process takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Patients should prepare themselves for braces not only emotionally and mentally but also practical because of the process duration.


Each adjustment, the braces start to straighten teeth properly. It takes about three weeks for any movement to happen, so these adjustments will happen every three to ten weeks.


Traditional braces take a minimum of 12 months and a maximum of 24 months. Although the process is spread out over a matter of months, the end product is worth it. Having straight teeth and structured jaw not only looks attractive but also boosts self-confidence.


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